security
Researchers Think It’s a Good Idea to Secure Your Phone Using the One Thing You Perpetually Lose

Apple’s FaceID authentication system started moving smartphone users away from relying on fingerprints to secure their mobile devices, which are arguably less secure. But researchers think they’ve come up with an even better biometric tool for protecting a device that uses a part of the body that’s nearly impossible to spoof: a user’s ear canals. Read More >>

thx
THX’s New Deep Note Trailer Brings Back All the Cinema Feels

Do you remember how disappointed you were, years ago, when you got to the cinema only to find out the THX showing of the movie you came to see was sold out? THX-approved cinemas are few and far between now, but they’re still out there, and will soon be playing a new version of the brand’s iconic Deep Note trailer which you can preview on YouTube. Read More >>

science
What Does a Particle Collider Sound Like?

Scientists explore the limits of physics by pumping energy into components of atoms, such as electrons and protons, accelerating them to nearly the speed of light, and slamming the beams of particles together in hopes of discovering something new. You can imagine that this process gets quite noisy. Read More >>

science
Mysterious Planetwide Rumble May Have Come From the Largest Underwater Eruption Ever Recorded

On November 11, 2018, a deep rumble ricocheted around the world, one that humans couldn’t feel but that registered quite clearly on seismometers. A new pre-print paper about the event is now suggesting that it was caused by the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history. Read More >>

tv
Among Other Things, Viserion’s Roar on Game of Thrones is Made of Human Screaming

Whoever thought that a giant zombie dragon could be so relatable? Read More >>

space
The Only Known Sound in Space Is This ‘Singing’ Black Hole

Everyone knows there is no sound in space. After all, a sound wave requires a medium, like air or water, to travel through, and space is mostly a vacuum. But in studying a nearby galaxy cluster, astronomers detected a true occurrence of sound in space – and in this case, the incredibly deep sound was coming from a black hole. Read More >>

music
What Caused Carnegie Hall to Lose Its Famous Acoustics in 1986?

In May 1986, the venerated Carnegie Hall concert venue in New York City shut down for 30 weeks of major repairs. The beautiful music hall had hosted legends including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, and The Beatles, but after nearly 100 years, the building was in serious need of renovations. Read More >>

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What’s Causing the Mysterious Hums Heard Around the World?

People in cities around the world – from Taos, New Mexico, to Windsor, Ontario, to Blackburn, England, to Auckland, New Zealand – have reported hearing strange humming noises that have no obvious source. The hums are often compared to the sound of idling trucks, and for the people who can hear them, they can be maddening, causing nausea and insomnia. Read More >>

space
Listen to the Sound of Saturn’s Electromagnetic Energy

Sound and light have way more in common than you think, which is why it’s easy to turn light data, like radio waves, into sound. This can make for some pretty incredible science communicating tools – just look up Jupiter’s whistlers, falling bomb sounds caused by the planet’s lightning; or the chirp of LIGO’s gravitational wave detection, an ascending bloop as two black holes collide. Read More >>

music
You Need to Hear the Unreal Sound of a Snare Drum In an Abandoned Nuclear Cooling Tower

Those giant, curvy, concrete towers that rise above nuclear power plants aren’t only useful for cooling superheated water. Once decommissioned, the massive structures can also be used to naturally create amazing sounds and effects when playing instruments inside them. Read More >>

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This 10-Hour Video of Planet Earth Cityscapes Is Strangely Hypnotic

In what is now the sixth instalment of a stunning and weirdly addictive series, the BBC has released 10 full hours of video shot during the filming of the Planet Earth II “Cities” episode. Read More >>

transport
Explore the London Underground in Sound

The rhythmic throbbing of North Greenwich's trains could be this year's protest Christmas number one, were enough people to get behind it, as the captivating swooshing of trains, opening of doors and warnings of the destruction of unattended baggage is part of The Next Station -- an audio tour around the London Underground. Read More >>

science
Dinosaurs More Likely Cooed Than Roared

Do you hear that sound? It’s 65 million years ago and there’s a dinosaur calling out through the wilds. But it’s not a roar. Instead new research says that sound would probably be better described as a “coo” or a “mumble”. Read More >>

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A Lovely Ode to the Sounds of a Mechanical Keyboard

Clickety Clack. The sounds of a mechanical keyboard are just so soothing. There’s such a satisfying audible (and physical) reaction whenever you hit the keys, like hey, press this button and you’ll feel good. Here’s Pseudorandom using the mechanical keyboard as an instrument for a song. Read More >>

gaming
Nintendo Tries to Trademark Mario Coin Jingle

The little sound that Mario or Mario's money or Mario's pocket or Mario's hand (it's never really explained) makes when he picks up a coin has been outed as the latest money-making idea from Nintendo, with the company finally getting around to trademarking the iconic sound so it can... ruin people's fun. Read More >>